ALTON -- Sixteen school districts in south central Missouri, including the Alton R-1V School District, were honored with the "Distinction in Performance" Award at a banquet held an the University of Missouri at Rolla (UMR) March 23.
The banquet was co-sponsored by UMR, the South Central Regional Professional Development Center and the Missouri Department of Elementarily and Secondary Education (DESE).
Dr. Charles Brown, assistant commissioner of education, and Syble Slaughter of the State Board of Education presented each of the districts with a plaque. Slaughter presented Alton School Board member Grover Crews with the Alton plaque.
According to information provided by UMR, the award is based on the districts' annual performance reports, which are tabulated each year by the DESE. The report is based on the same criteria used in accreditation standards for school districts, including the Missouri Assessment Program (MAT) test scores, ACT scores, attendance and report rates, enrollment in advanced and vocational courses, graduates continuing their education or being placed in occupations which the students were trained for.
To qualify for the award, school districts had to meet 11 of the 12 performance indicators during the last school year and all the MAP standards.
"This award is designed to recognize students and teachers each year for their efforts in improving overall academic achievement," said Brown. "We hope this honor will serve as a way for school districts and communities to celebrate their role in meeting Missouri's high educational standards," he added.